Exploring colour and pattern is an endlessly varied and creative pursuit. I love working to a design brief and creating illustrations and patterns for different purposes and products

My Story

Creativity and exploration have always been part of me. I started travelling at 18, living in The Nederlands and Israel. After graduating as a teacher I volunteered in Eritrea, East Africa, for a year and then travelled on to Australia where I met my husband and returned to London. But the travelling didn’t stop there. We lived in Africa with our first child before migrating permanently to Melbourne.

I always carried a visual journal and a few art materials to record my adventures but it wasn’t until I had my own children that I started pursuing a career in illustration.

When my children were babies I tentatively returned to college to pursue my love of art. In 2011 I was approached by Hachette Children’s Books to illustrate my first book.

My career as an illustrator has been rich and varied. I have illustrated around 20 children’s picture books for many different publishers and organisations. My home surroundings and three busy children help to give me ideas for scenes and characters.

I furthered my skills in pattern design after trying to create patterns for picture book end-papers. The illustrations you see just inside the cover of a picture book. I started taking many many classes on Skillshare to develop my skills and knowledge in using Adobe Illustrator.  The beautiful world of surface pattern design opened up for me and through months of exploration and practice my style began to emerge.

The whole process of designing patterns is a joy to me. From finding inspiration, sketching new ideas, creating colour palettes and bringing it all together. Then finally the thrill of  seeing the design in print on fabric, packaging or wallpaper.

The scene below is from ‘Eva’s Imagination’ by Wenda Shurety It’s very similar to the space I work in at home.

Karen xx


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